Rainiers Hit By Mac Truck

April 25, 2016

RAINIERS ROUND-UP

Yesterday: Sacramento scored three runs in each of the first three innings, and beat Tacoma in a rain-shortened game, 10-5. Only five-and-a-half innings were completed, but that’s enough for an official game. Mac Williamson went 3-for-3 with seven RBI, making you wonder what he would’ve finished with if the game had gone nine innings. Tacoma has lost four straight games.

Roster Move: After an incredible 17 straight games with the opening day roster still intact, the Rainiers are going to have their first roster move today. Gotta wait for the Mariners to announce it.

Today: Sacramento (7-11) at Tacoma (10-7), 6:05.

Opponent Affiliation: San Francisco Giants.

Season Series: Sacramento leads, 2-0.

Starting Pitchers: LHP Matt Lujan (0-2, 4.85) at LHP James Paxton (1-2, 5.84).

Hot Rainiers: Chris Taylor has a career-best 14-game hitting streak, and he’s reached base in 16 straight games. He’s 23-for-57 during the hitting streak… Stefen Romero has a ten-game hitting streak… Tacoma’s dual closers Blake Parker and Mayckol Guaipe are a combined 7-for-7 in save opportunities.

Look Out For: Ryan Lollis never makes outs against Tacoma. He hit .409 against Tacoma last year, and he’s 4-for-6 with five runs scored in the first two games of this series… power prospect Mac Williamson has gone 11-for-20 with two homers over his last five games, and he’s 5-for-6 with eight RBI in this series.

Ex-Rainiers Alert: Sacramento has former Rainiers Miguel Olivo and Darren Ford on the team. Yes, that Miguel Olivo. He’s 37-years-old and has already hit two homers this year. Pitching coach Dwight Bernard had the same job for Tacoma for seven years.

Broadcast: The pregame show starts at 5:50 on South Sound Sports 850 AM. The broadcast also streams online via the TuneIn app – just click here.

PCL Scoreboard: Follow all Pacific Coast League games in real-time with links to Gameday screens right here.

Links:

PCL Game Reports:


River Cats Enjoy Rain, Top Rainiers

April 24, 2016

Sacramento used a six-run second inning to take command, eventually beating Tacoma in the series opener at Cheney Stadium on Saturday evening. 8-4 was the final.

The game was delayed for 42 minutes with two outs in the top of the fifth inning, while Sacramento held a 7-2 lead. It was our first rain delay of the season (there’s been one rainout, but that one was called early before the scheduled start time).

Tacoma is in its first skid of the season, having lost three straight games to fall to 10-6 overall. Starting pitcher Joe Wieland had a rough outing and was knocked out in the second – and taking a line drive off his lower back in the first inning certainly didn’t help.

On the positive side, the Rainiers probably won’t have to see Chris Heston again this series. A 12-game winner who pitched a no-hitter during his rookie campaign with the Giants last year, Heston is stuck in Triple-A waiting for a rotation opening in SF. He pitched four innings in long relief last night, and is likely down for the remainder of the series.

Tacoma could use a win on Sunday. Scheduled starter Cody Martin is 3-0 so far – can he be the stopper?

RAINIERS ROUND-UP

Yesterday: A six-run second inning sealed the deal for Sacramento, which beat Tacoma 8-4 in the series opener. All six runs in the inning scored with two outs.

Today: Sacramento (6-11) at Tacoma (10-6), 1:35.

Opponent Affiliation: San Francisco Giants.

Season Series: Sacramento leads, 1-0.

Starting Pitchers: RHP Chris Stratton (1-2, 7.16) at RHP Cody Martin (3-0, 3.78).

Hot Rainiers: Chris Taylor has a career-best 13-game hitting streak, and he’s reached base in 15 straight games. He’s 21-for-54 during the hitting streak… Stefen Romero has multiple hits in eight of the 14 games he has played in, and he has a nine-game hitting streak… Tacoma’s dual closers Blake Parker and Mayckol Guaipe are a combined 7-for-7 in save opportunities.

Look Out For: Ryan Lollis never makes outs against Tacoma. He hit .409 against Tacoma last year, and last night he went 3-for-4… power prospect Mac Williamson has gone 8-for-17 with two homers over his last four games.

Ex-Rainiers Alert: Sacramento has former Rainiers Miguel Olivo and Darren Ford on the team. Yes, that Miguel Olivo. He’s 37-years-old and has already hit two homers this year. Pitching coach Dwight Bernard had the same job for Tacoma for seven years.

Broadcast: The pregame show starts at 1:20 on South Sound Sports 850 AM. The broadcast also streams online via the TuneIn app – just click here. It’s a Sunday home game, so Bob Robertson joins me on the air and will call the middle innings.

PCL Scoreboard: Follow all Pacific Coast League games in real-time with links to Gameday screens right here.

Links:

  • The Rainiers game story centers on Joe Wieland and the line drive off his back.
  • My Minor League Notebook for the paper looks at (among other things) how James Paxton used video to recover his mechanics.
  • Highlight of Saturday: the Mariners low-A Clinton club beat Cedar Rapids in 18 innings, 2-1. Oh, I should mention that it was the first game of a doubleheader. This is a fun post.
  • Bob Dutton’s Mariners Notebook includes another fun minor league item, on Class-A Bakersfield starter Andrew Moore.
  • Mike Trout vs. Felix Hernandez. We know how that goes. The Mariners three-game win streak came to an end. Felix did become the Mariners all-time franchise strikeout leader, passing Randy Johnson.
  • With Shoreline’s Blake Snell debuting for Tampa yesterday, Ryan Divish checked in on major leaguers from Washington. One to add to the list: Port Orchard’s Jason Hammel is 2-0, 1.00 after three starts for the Chicago Cubs.
  • John McGrath blesses us with his MLB Power Rankings and the associated one-liners.
  • John Sickles has some thoughts on Mariners top pitching prospect Edwin Diaz, who is off to a great start at Double-A Jackson. Diaz is knocking on the door to Tacoma.
  • Interesting Triple-A story from Milwaukee, where the Brewers are still bitter about be punted out of Nashville by the Sounds ownership, and are trying to figure out what to do about their affiliation with Colorado Springs.

PCL Game Reports:

  • Albuquerque stayed hot, winning its sixth in a row. A wild pitch with the bases loaded brought in the game-winning run in a 5-4 victory at Las Vegas.
  • Archie Bradley returned from an erratic spot-start with the Diamondbacks and delivered a strong outing in Reno’s 5-3 win over Fresno.
  • El Paso got rained out at Salt Lake. Double-dip today.
  • Omaha out-slugged Colorado Springs in Omaha, 11-9. Jorge Bonifacio had a key homer.
  • Nashville had just three hits, yet still managed to score four runs, and lost anyway. New Orleans got ’em, 7-4, with Destin Hood having a big game.
  • Joey Gallo homered and Round Rock shut out Memphis, 3-0.
  • And your game of the day: up from a two-week tour of Double-A Tulsa, former Rainiers reliever Logan Bawcom pitched three scoreless innings for Oklahoma City, and in his first professional at-bat he executed the game-winning squeeze bunt to bring Oklahoma City a 6-4 win over Iowa in 13 innings.

Time for the Rainiers to end this little skid.


Rainiers Home After Road Push

April 22, 2016

The Rainiers dropped the final game in El Paso on Friday night, 7-5.

Mike Zunino hit his seventh homer – which leads all of Minor League Baseball – but the Rainiers couldn’t maintain an early 3-0 lead.

The loss was disappointing, as Tacoma had a chance to have a winning road trip. Instead it was splits all around, with Tacoma going 4-4 on the trek through Albuquerque and El Paso.

Now a new challenge: the Rainiers face a new team!

RAINIERS ROUND-UP

Yesterday: Tacoma hit into four double plays and lost in El Paso, 7-5. Mike Zunino and Stefen Romero hit homers for Tacoma.

Today: Sacramento (5-11) at Tacoma (10-5), 5:05.

Opponent Affiliation: San Francisco Giants.

Season Series: 0-0. They’ll play 16 games this year.

Starting Pitchers: LHP Ty Blach (1-1, 6.75) at RHP Joe Wieland (1-1, 11.32).

Hot Rainiers: Chris Taylor has a 12-game hitting streak, and he’s reached base in 14 straight games. He’s 20-for-50 during the hitting streak… Stefen Romero has multiple hits in seven of the 13 games he has played in, and he has an eight-game hitting streak… Tacoma’s dual closers Blake Parker and Mayckol Guaipe are a combined 7-for-7 in save opportunities.

Look Out For: The River Cats have had a strange start to the season: they have gone 0-8 against Salt Lake, and 5-3 against Las Vegas… power prospect Mac Williamson homered twice yesterday; he’s already been briefly called up by the Giants… the Rainiers are going to miss the Cats’ best starter, Clayton Blackburn, who pitched into the ninth inning of Friday’s 3-1 win over Vegas.

Ex-Rainiers Alert: Sacramento has former Rainiers Miguel Olivo and Darren Ford on the team. Yes, that Miguel Olivo. He’s 37-years-old and has already hit two homers this year. Pitching coach Dwight Bernard had the same job for Tacoma for seven years.

Broadcast: The pregame show starts at 4:50 on South Sound Sports 850 AM. The broadcast also streams online via the TuneIn app – just click here.

PCL Scoreboard: Follow all Pacific Coast League games in real-time with links to Gameday screens right here.

Links:

  • Here’s the Rainiers gamer from The News Tribune, with details on Mike Zunino‘s tape-measure homer and other positive outcomes – and a lot about double plays.
  • The Mariners are heating up. They beat the Angels in ten innings and have won three in a row, getting back to .500 at 8-8 for the year.
  • Bob Dutton’s Mariners Notebook explains why Felix Hernandez was scratched yesterday, and more. Get better, Felix!

Sorry, that’s all of the links for today. I posted this on Friday night at 12:30 in El Paso. We have a 3:40 AM wake-up call to go to the airport, fly through Phoenix, will hopefully be home by 1:00 PM, and then the early 5:05 game. PCL travel at it’s  finest!


Chihuahuas Blanket Rainiers

April 22, 2016

In an against-the-odds result on Thursday night, El Paso shut out Tacoma 5-0.

Tacoma managed just five hits and had only two runners reach second base all game.

This was a bit of a stunner, as the Rainiers entered the game leading the PCL in almost every batting statistic, including the most important one: runs scored.

And El Paso was last in the league in team ERA. Go figure.

The Rainiers can still win the series and the road trip – they just need a win in the final game tonight. Otherwise, the entire eight-gamer is a split.

RAINIERS ROUND-UP

Yesterday: The baseball gods laughed in our collective faces, as the team with the worst ERA in the league shut out the best offense in the league, 5-0. Four El Paso pitchers combined on a five-hit shutout, and Tacoma never advanced a runner to third base.

Today: Tacoma (10-4) at El Paso (4-9), 6:05 (Pacific).

Opponent Affiliation: San Diego Padres.

Season Series: Tacoma leads, 5-1.

Starting Pitchers: RHP Donn Roach (1-0, 8.38) at RHP Greg Reynolds (0-1, 7.27).

Hot Rainiers: Chris Taylor has an 11-game hitting streak, and he’s reached base in 13 straight games. He’s 19-for-46 during the hitting streak… Efren Navarro saw his nine-game hitting streak come to an end… Stefen Romero has multiple hits in seven of the 12 games he has played in… Tacoma’s dual closers Blake Parker and Mayckol Guaipe are a combined 7-for-7 in save opportunities.

Look Out For: Top prospect Manuel Margot has hit safely in five straight games, going 7-for-22… second baseman Carlos Asuaje is 6-for-13 in this series, with two triples and a double.

Broadcast: The pregame show starts at 5:50 (Pacific) on South Sound Sports 850 AM. The broadcast also streams online via the TuneIn app – just click here.

PCL Scoreboard: Follow all Pacific Coast League games in real-time with links to Gameday screens right here.

Links:

  • We start with the Rainiers game story from The News Tribune, which includes injury updates on Stefen Romero and Boog Powell. Neither is serious.
  • For an update on the Chris TaylorChico the Chihuahua feud, let’s go to Bleacher Report the Seattle Times for a compilation.
  • Robinson Cano homered in the tenth and the Mariners beat Cleveland on Thursday, 10-7.
  • Bob Dutton’s Mariners Notebook reports that Felix Hernandez is working hard to cut down on his walks.
  • The Mariners are road warriors, John McGrath writes.
  • I was a guest on the Mariners Podcast. Hopefully it sounds OK, we had connection issues.
  • A team in the South Atlantic League registered five strikeouts in a half-inning last night. Despite that, it was not a good inning for the pitching team.
  • And speaking of awesome minor league accomplishments, MiLB.com re-published an article about the night Modesto stole 15 bases in one game – seven of them by Rickey Henderson.

PCL Reports:

  • Big news in the PCL from New Orleans, where the team announced that this is the last year it will be known as the Zephyrs. A new name is coming in 2017. Sadly for them, Chihuahuas is already taken.
  • Salt Lake withstood a monster game from Fresno’s Jon Singleton and beat the Grizzlies, 9-6. The Bees jumped the Rainiers and have the league’s best record at 11-4.
  • Sacramento’s Gorkys Hernandez ripped a game-winning homer with two outs in the bottom of the ninth to beat Las Vegas, 3-1.
  • Albuquerque broke out its purple jerseys in honor of Prince and then beat Reno, 6-5. Catcher Jackson Williams drove in a couple of runs.
  • Nashville got a grand slam from Andrew Lambo and held on for a 9-8 win at Colorado Springs.
  • Ex-Rainiers outfielder James Jones was the catalyst as Round Rock rallied to beat Omaha, 3-2.
  • A late Dodgers threat came up one run short, and Memphis held on for a 6-5 win at Oklahoma City. Charlie Tilson had three hits for Memphis – he might be one of those St. Louis Cardinals sleeper prospects, who doesn’t get any hype in the minors and ends up being a good major leaguer.
  • This doesn’t happen often: Iowa at New Orleans was suspended in the top of the seventh with Iowa leading, 2-1. Why didn’t they call it an Iowa win? It was tied 1-1 after six innings, Iowa scored in the top of the seventh and was still batting when the rain hit. Since New Orleans didn’t get a fair chance in the bottom of the inning, it’s a suspended game and will be completed today.

We’ll be home Saturday, 5:05 first pitch – and finally playing somebody different! I was beginning to think there were only three teams in this league. Sacramento is in town for a four-game series.


Paxton Silences Chihuahuas

April 21, 2016

James Paxton had a terrific outing on Wednesday in El Paso, pitching six shutout innings in Tacoma’s 3-1 victory.

Paxton was in complete command. He gave up just three hits and didn’t walk anybody.

Not only did he not walk anybody, he only reached three balls on one hitter: Jason Hagerty in the sixth inning. He fell behind 3-1, but still managed to strike him out.

Strike outs were not plentiful. He had only three K’s. He kept getting ahead in the count, and the batters would defend the strike zone and make weak contact with a pop-up or a routine infield grounder. Outs, lots of quick outs.

Paxton was pulled after 72 pitches (48 strikes). He looked like he could go longer, but the organization sees no need to push him deep into games in April.

Tacoma has won the first two games in El Paso, guaranteeing at least a road series split. The Rainiers are 4-2 on this road trip with two games to go.

RAINIERS ROUND-UP

Yesterday: James Paxton was terrific, providing six scoreless innings and the Rainiers beat El Paso, 3-1. Chris Taylor was the offensive player of the game, hitting two doubles, driving in a run, scoring another, taking a walk, and stealing a base.

Today: Tacoma (10-3) at El Paso (3-9), 5:35 (Pacific).

Opponent Affiliation: San Diego Padres.

Season Series: Tacoma leads, 5-0.

Starting Pitchers: RHP Adrian Sampson (2-0, 2.25) at RHP Aaron Northcraft (0-0, 0.00).

Sampson has had to good starts for the Rainiers – both wins. Northcraft has made just one appearance this season, a long relief outing in which he went 3.1 shutout innings five days ago.

Hot Rainiers: Chris Taylor has a ten-game hitting streak, and he’s reached base in 12 straight games. He’s 18-for-43 during the hitting streak… Efren Navarro has built an nine-game hitting streak, collecting 17 hits. He has multiple hits in his last five games… Stefen Romero has multiple hits in seven of the 12 games he has played in… Ed Lucas (11 games) and Mike Zunino (ten games) saw their season-opening hitting streaks end yesterday, as each to his first 0-for.

Look Out For: Top prospect Manuel Margot is warming up from a slow start, going 6-for-19 in his last four games. He can really play defense in center… hit-hitting Jemile Weeks got himself called up to San Diego… Austin Hedges had his eight-game hitting streak end last night, but he threw out two-of-three attempted Tacoma base stealers.

Broadcast: The pregame show starts at 5:20 (Pacific) on South Sound Sports 850 AM. The broadcast also streams online via the TuneIn app – just click here.

PCL Scoreboard: Follow all Pacific Coast League games in real-time with links to Gameday screens right here.

Links:

  • A mechanical adjustment helped James Paxton get straightened out, we learn from the Rainiers game story in The News Tribune.
  • The Mariners won on Wednesday night in Cleveland despite getting only three hits. Taijuan Walker tossed a gem.
  • Bob Dutton’s Mariners Notebook details the impressive Mariners bullpen.
  • Mike Montgomery has been a key part of that bullpen, Ryan Divish writes.

PCL Reports:

It’s another very nice day here in El Paso. Off to the ballpark!


When Two Is Better Than Six

April 19, 2016

El Paso scored in six different innings on Tuesday, and the Rainiers scored in two innings.

Tacoma won the game, 11-7.

The Rainiers had a six-run fourth, and a five-run fifth. That was enough to claim a win, and improve the Rainiers record to 9-3.

The big story was that Mike Zunino‘s home run streak came to an end. He homered in five straight games -an amazing run – but did not go deep on Tuesday.

He did, however, contribute in a big way to a Rainiers victory. He hit the two-run single in the top of the fourth that gave Tacoma a 3-2 lead, and he added another RBI single in the fifth inning.

But the most fun part of the game was when Tacoma shortstop Chris Taylor made an error. Forced to rush a throw on a slow roller from quick El Paso outfielder Jose Pirela, Taylor’s throw went wide and smoked Chihuahuas mascot ‘Chico‘ right in the gut. Enjoy the video.

Taylor insists that Chico was flashing him prior to this play, raising his jersey to expose his gross, bare chihuahua belly. Ewwwww.

RAINIERS ROUND-UP

Yesterday: Tacoma scored six runs in the fourth inning, with Mike Baxter‘s three-run homer capping the rally, and defeated El Paso 11-6.

Today: Tacoma (9-3) at El Paso (3-8), 10:05 AM (Pacific).

Opponent Affiliation: San Diego Padres.

Season Series: Tacoma leads, 4-0.

Starting Pitchers: LHP James Paxton (0-2,11.37) at RHP Daniel McCutchen (2-0, 7.36).

Paxton has had a lot of trouble with walks in his first two starts of the season, and he hopes to get that taken care of today.

Hot Rainiers: Mike Zunino has a ten-game hitting streak, and he leads the PCL with 18 RBI… Ed Lucas extended his hitting streak to 11 games…Stefen Romero has multiple hits in seven of the 12 games he has played in, but he left yesterday’s game with a stiff back… Efren Navarro has built an eight-game hitting streak, collecting 15 hits… Chris Taylor has a nine-game hitting streak.

Look Out For: The Chihuahuas also have a hot-hitting catcher. Austin Hedges has hit safely in eight straight games, with homers in his last two, and he was 3-for-4 with three RBI Monday… Jemile Weeks is 8-for-18 with two triples in his last four games… top prospect Manuel Margot is warming up from a slow start, going 5-for-15 in his last three games. He can really play defense in center.

Broadcast: The pregame show starts at 9:50 AM (Pacific) on South Sound Sports 850 AM. The broadcast also streams online via the TuneIn app – just click here.

PCL Scoreboard: Follow all Pacific Coast League games in real-time with links to Gameday screens right here.

Links:

  • Mike Zunino talked about the end of his home run streak in the Rainiers game story from The News Tribune.
  • Mariners manager Scott Servais talked about Zunino’s hot start. Read about it in Bob Dutton’s Mariners Notebook.
  • The Mariners lost the series opener in Cleveland, 3-2. Wade Miley walked in two runs, but the bullpen was terrific and they only allowed three runs in the game. Gotta score some.
  • John McGrath has an interesting read, comparing the 2001 Mariners to the 2015-16 Golden State Warriors, and Steph Curry to… Carlos Guillen?

PCL Reports:

  • Jordan Patterson‘s first Triple-A home run was a grand slam in Albuquerque’s 9-5 win over Reno. That paper has a feature on infielder Chris Nelson, who then went on to make three errors in the game. Whoops!
  • Fresno shut out Salt Lake, 3-0, handing the Bees just their third loss of the season. Tommy Shirley and three relievers combined on a six-hitter.
  • Holy smokes, Sacramento banged out 21 hits in a 12-1 workover of the Las Vegas 51s. This game was in Sacramento – a tough place to hit.
  • Round Rock got shut out for the second straight game, as Luke Farrell and Omaha beat ’em 3-0.
  • Oklahoma City beat Memphis 4-0 in a five-inning, rain-shortened game – and Jharel Cotton got credit for a complete game shutout.
  • New Orleans scored early and often in a 7-5 win over Iowa. Destin Hood ripped a three-run homer in the first inning.
  • The Sky Sox were postponed again, this time with Nashville in town.

OK, after today we are back to normal, night-time baseball for a while.


Albuquerque Can’t C The Z (Control the Zunino)

April 19, 2016

The Mariners new mantra “C the Z” (controlling the strike zone) has taken a new turn lately, as the PCL is having some serious difficulty controlling Mike Zunino.

The Rainiers catcher hit two more home runs on Monday in Albuquerque, pulling a deep one to left field in the second inning, then lofting an elevation-aided three-run homer to right field in the eighth.

That’s five straight games with a homer for Zunino, who takes this incredible streak into El Paso tonight. It’s another good hitter’s park, but not as extreme as Albuquerque.

Zunino is two games away from the PCL record of seven straight games with a homer – a record which is not coincidentally held by a pair of Albuquerque players: Claude Westmoreland did it in 1977, and Dallas McPherson tied the record in 2008.

The hot start has already resulted in accolades: Zunino was named the PCL’s Player of the Week, which technically covers the first week-and-a-half of the season. Zunino hit .441 with four homers during the week, and his two homers yesterday gave him a jump-start on repeating the award.

Tune in today at 5:35 to see if Zunino can keep this streak going!

RAINIERS ROUND-UP

Yesterday: Despite Zunino’s two homers, the Rainiers got whacked by Albuquerque on Monday, 11-6. The ‘Topes scored three runs in the first inning, and seven more in the second to take a 10-2 lead and that pretty much settled it. Jonathan Aro saved us from seeing a position player pitch by delivering 3.1 innings of solid relief, allowing one run.

Today: Tacoma (8-3) at El Paso (3-7), 5:35 (Pacific).

Opponent Affiliation: San Diego Padres.

Season Series: Tacoma leads, 3-0.

Starting Pitchers: RHP Cody Martin (2-0, 2.38) at RHP Jeremy Guthrie (0-2, 6.23).

These two met up on Thursday night at Cheney Stadium, with each starter carrying a no-hitter into the sixth inning. Tacoma won it, 4-1.

The Rainiers are really hoping to get at least five innings from Martin – the bullpen is taxed, having covered 13.2 innings over the past two days.

Hot Rainiers: Mike Zunino has an nine-game hitting streak, and he has homered in five straight games… Ed Lucas extended his hitting streak to ten games, and he was robbed of a homer by left fielder Stephen CardulloStefen Romero has multiple hits in seven of the 11 games he has played in…Efren Navarro has quietly built a seven-game hitting streak, collecting 13 hits… Chris Taylor has an eight-game hitting streak… as a team the Rainiers are batting .381 (24×63) with runners in scoring position and two outs.

Look Out For: the Chihuahuas also have a hot-hitting catcher. Austin Hedges has hit safely in eight straight games, with homers in his last two, and he was 3-for-4 with three RBI yesterday… Jemile Weeks had four hits yesterday, and is 7-for-14 with two triples in his last three games… top prospect Manuel Margot enjoyed his first really good Triple-A game yesterday, hitting a triple and a homer against Reno.

Broadcast: The pregame show starts at 5:20 (Pacific) on South Sound Sports 850 AM. The broadcast also streams online via the TuneIn app – just click here.

PCL Scoreboard: Follow all Pacific Coast League games in real-time with links to Gameday screens right here.

Links:

PCL Reports:

  • El Paso hammered Reno on Monday night, 14-4. That was a series split.
  • Salt Lake completed a four-game series sweep at Sacramento with a 6-2 win on Monday. The Bees are 10-2 this season, which includes an 8-0 mark against Sacramento. So are the Bees really good, or are the River Cats really awful?
  • A smart play by a veteran shortstop helped Fresno hold on for a 4-3 win over Las Vegas. Touted prospect A.J. Reed hit his third homer for Fresno.
  • Oklahoma City’s offense was clicking, and starting pitcher Zach Lee escaped jams in a 6-2 win over Nashville. Lee is 3-0, 1.56.
  • After consecutive snow-outs, Memphis and Colorado Springs were supposed to play two on Monday. After a 3-1 Sky Sox win in 34-degree temperatures, they scrapped game two and will make it up in the summer.
  • Omaha got shut out in New Orleans by Jose Urena and the Zephyrs bullpen.
  • Iowa at Round Rock was suspended in the first inning due to rain. Lots of weather issues in Texas yesterday.

Quick reminder: early day game on Wednesday!


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